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Follow the example of schools in the Philippines by holding social media training sessions for your employees!

by , 29 May 2013
Children across the globe are constantly glued to their smartphones, messaging their friends and posting comments on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. That's why a professor from the University of the Philippines says it's a good idea to teach 'social media courtesy' in schools. And with so many of today's employees also grappling with the ins and outs of social media use, you can follow suit by not only implementing a social media policy, but also holding regular training sessions on how to best use social media as an employee...

 
By teaching children about social media at school, a professor from the University of the Philippines says it's possible to develop and strengthen the youth's values as citizens, says ABS-CBNNews.
 
But the focus should be on developing good values instead of regulating behaviour.
 
That's because the youth, who are among the most avid users of social media today, will be the voters of tomorrow. 
 
And it's not just school children who'd benefit from social media training.
 
Here's why your social media policy should be backed up by regular social media training…
 
Because while it seems future generations will have a firm social media footing, you can also make sure your employees know exactly what they should – and shouldn't – say in the social media space.
 
This involves more than just implementing a social media policy though – you also need to give your employees regular social media training.
 
That's why FSPBusiness reports that wary business owners are also seeing the light that they shouldn't be scared of word of mouth referrals from social media.
 
 That's why they don't just implement a social media policy – they also hold regular social media training sessions to remind employees that social media isn't just a space to unleash their feelings.
 
 It isn't difficult to do.
 
Get your employees to sit through a quick social media training session every few months, says FSPBusiness.
 
Revealed: Two steps to running a successful social media training session...
 
In your social media training session, explain the type of comments your employees should avoid making in the social media space, and back this up with examples.
 
The best way to start off a  social media training session is to ask your employees to stop and think before they press 'publish', 'post' or 'send'.
 
If they wouldn't be happy with their mom, child or manager seeing the comment, they should rather rephrase or not publish anything at all.
 
Then, open up the session for questions from your employees, as they may have concerns relating to social media use that you haven't even thought of!
 


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